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Saving Endangered Species College Art Contest

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Rusty Bumblebees on Prairie Orchids
by micahmariah137
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Title:
Rusty Bumblebees on Prairie Orchids

Author:
micahmariah137

Description:
I chose to depict Rusty Bumble Bees perched on Prairie Fringed Orchids to stress the fragility of threatened insects and plants have and how mutualism is necessary for the ecosystem. Illustrated through oil paints on wood panel, bees are one of the powerhouse pollinators that keep plants and animals thriving and their specific species decline personally disturbs me due to the decades of beekeeping that runs in my family. Despite bees being taken off the Endangered Species list, Colony Collapse Disorder is still a prevalent issue and it effects crop production along with longevity of ancestral plants, such as the Prairie Fringed Orchid. Orchids are the largest and most diverse form of flowering plants, therefore I chose to paint an endangered species that speaks volumes generationally.
Description:
I chose to depict Rusty Bumble Bees perched on Prairie Fringed Orchids to stress the fragility of threatened insects and plants have and how mutualism is necessary for the ecosystem. Illustrated through oil paints on wood panel, bees are one of the powerhouse pollinators that keep plants and animals thriving and their specific species decline personally disturbs me due to the decades of beekeeping that runs in my family. Despite bees being taken off the Endangered Species list, Colony Collapse Disorder is still a prevalent issue and it effects crop production along with longevity of ancestral plants, such as the Prairie Fringed Orchid. Orchids are the largest and most diverse form of flowering plants, therefore I chose to paint an endangered species that speaks volumes generationally.